May 13, 2011


COLUMBIA, Tenn. – A monthly education group focused on awareness and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been formed at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC). The new Lungs for Life support group will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, June 1.

The group will meet on the first Wednesday of each month from 2 until 3 p.m., in Private Dining Room 1 on the medical center’s ground floor. Topics for the meetings will vary by month, with a goal to provide education and awareness about COPD in order to promote the self-care and management of the condition.

The term COPD refers to a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it increasingly difficult to breathe. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two main conditions associated with COPD, which is a leading cause of death. Symptoms of COPD do not usually appear until significant lung damage has already occurred. Because the damage is not reversible, treatment plans typically focus on controlling symptoms and minimizing further damage.

At the support group’s initial meeting on June 1, Maura Lipp, M.D., a specialist in pulmonary and critical care on the medical staff at MRMC, will present a program titled “Managing Your COPD.” Dr. Lipp will discuss ways to better control the symptoms of lung disease in order to improve airflow and make it easier to breathe.

The public is invited to attend the upcoming meeting. For more information about the new pulmonary disease support group, call 380.4094.